Pemberton's Habits of Happiness

By: Gage Pemberton

How I Live

"Work as hard as you would want someone else to work if it meant your success and happiness in life."

I live by these words because it reminds me that in order to get what you want from life, you have to put in the work. Nothing in this world comes free. If I were to sit back and watch someone else do my job to make money for me, I'd be making them work as hard as they could to make me successful. However, that isn't how life works. If I want success I have to put in the time and effort. If I want happiness I have to step up, find what makes me happy and work to make it happen. If I think that it will just come to me I will fall on my face and fail. Failure is not an option.

Inspirational Quote

“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.” -Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The quote above is one of my favorite quotes. It is something that speaks volumes to me. What this Covey is saying is that no matter what situation you are in, no matter who is involved, the one thing you can control is you. This relates directly to my view on how to be successful. I believe that if you want something you have to go get it. It is the same concept here. You cannot be fully dependent on others, if you want something it up to you control what you can control. As I head off to college I see this quote having a major influence on me as I decide where I want to go, what I want to do, how I'm going to achieve it and how I will face adversity.

Ottawa University

Ottawa is an amazing university. Excels in both their education program and their pre-law program. With only about eight thousands students, it is the perfect size for kids looking to be more than just a number. Not to mention the fact the small town atmosphere is perfect for college life. To go along with that, the soccer team has a great program and is one any soccer player would be proud to be a apart of.


There can be many definitions of happiness. Although, to me it is simple. Happiness is what makes you feel good on the inside and puts a smile on your face. To me happiness is playing a competitive game of soccer or spending quality time with those who I care about. Happiness isn't always there for you and for others, so another way I make myself feel happy is by helping others. Take my job for instance, I am a lifeguard and this summer I have and to jump in for three different kids. When I pulled those kids from the pool and handed them over to their parents I couldn't help but feel good. A smile comes across the faces of the parents knowing their kids are okay and a smile comes across my face knowing I did something for someone else. Happiness is like my words to live by, if you want it go get it. Try to find what brings a smile to your face and do it. That's all there is to it.

Blue Valley Looking for Teachers

The Blue Valley School District is looking to hire some bright new teachers. Starting salary is $50,000 a year. You would be working at any Blue Valley high school of your choice. The work hours are from 7am-3:15pm. You can come as early as you'd like or stay as late. The job details are pretty straight forward. Teach kids what the need to know and help them to be happy, successful young men and women who deserve a good high school experience. If helping people is your passion, then please let us know

About The Author

Gage is an English student in a regular senior class. He is wrote this to explain happiness and success to his readers.

Gage is involved with Soccer and Track at the school

Works as a Lifeguard over the summer